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How can you tell when your Decatur pet needs an emergency vet? It helps to know what to look for, of course. Cats can prove especially puzzling, because they tend to hide any feelings of pain or physical distress instinctively. But the following symptoms can help you determine whether your pet requires emergency veterinary care:
Neurological symptoms can indicate anything from common heatstroke to a cerebral hemorrhage. Besides obvious events such as seizures or lapses in consciousness, pay attention to a sudden loss of coordination or an inability to stand up straight or move around normally. Bumping into objects might indicate an inner ear problem or vision loss.
Digestive symptoms can also stem from a variety of causes that call for emergency treatment. Diarrhea or vomiting that lasts for more than 24 hours certainly qualifies as an emergency, especially if you see blood. Gagging is another danger sign, while a hard, swollen abdomen could indicate a twisted stomach or intestine. If it appears that your pet may have consumed medications, household products, antifreeze or other poisons, take him to us immediately.
Urological or reproductive emergencies can also occur. If your cat seems unable to pass a significant amount of urine, he may need emergency treatment. Pregnant pets who take hours to deliver each new kitten or puppy may have a serious problem and need professional help to deliver their litter safely.
Be aware of general behavioral symptoms that might signal an emergency condition. Dogs, for instance, may whine as if in pain, tremble, keep to themselves or stop eating. A limping or incapacitated animal may have suffered a fracture, which should always be treated as an emergency.
If you suspect that your Decatur pet needs emergency veterinary care, call the emergency animal hospital on-call service immediately 217-428-7709. Even if the problem turns out to be a false alarm, you want to make sure -- and the emergency vet team will have the experience to listen to your description of the symptoms and advise you on what to do. The on-call service is available after our regular business hours, seven days a week, so you can always get help when you need it most. While our veterinarians do participate in the on-call service, you will only see them if they are on duty at that time. Otherwise, another on-call veterinarian will be able to assist you with your pet emergency. The emergency veterinarian on duty may tell you to bring your pet in to their animal hospital immediately or they may talk you through some simple first aid measures first, depending on your pet's situation. Once your pet arrives at the their vet facility, he will receive professional attention from trained veterinary professionals.
Sometimes your pet does not need emergency veterinary care but could really use prompt attention nonetheless. Viral and bacterial infections, parasites, painful skin afflictions and dental pain, for instance, can make your pet miserable and develop into emergency situations if not treated quickly. During regular business hours, our Decatur urgent care services provide pain relief and immediate treatments to help your pet feel better.
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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.
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